Reptile Gardens wins "Best Attraction in South Dakota" for 2017

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Reptile Gardens in Rapid City has won the award for "Best Attraction in South Dakota" in the 2017 USA Today Readers' Choice poll.

A panel of experts partnered with USA Today editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote on the USA Today website.

The Reptile Gardens Public Relations Director John Brockeslby says it's a great honor to win this award and it's very humbling.

Reptile Gardens Public Relations Director John Brockelsby says, "Well, when I found out that we actually did get first place and had the most votes, my actual reaction was, 'Woohoo! We're the winners!' You know, it's just very exciting. All of our staff is just so proud of it and we're just so thankful and so grateful for all of our fans."

Brockelsby says their staff is the main reason for their success.

Reptile Gardens currently holds the Guinness Book of Worlds Records title of the world's largest collection of reptiles.